Your doctor might recommend colorectal surgery to treat various benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) conditions including colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), polyps (non-cancerous growths), hernias, haemorrhoids (piles) and incontinence (inability to control bowel movement).
If you suffer from colorectal cancer, you are likely to have surgery to remove the tumour. The surgery is mainly performed using minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure. The cancer can also be treated using open surgery to remove the tumour and some of the nearby colon tissues and lymph nodes.
Laparoscopic colorectal surgery is performed with less discomfort and fewer complications, and it also allows faster recovery and return to normal daily activities as compared to open surgery.
However, your doctor needs to first decide whether you are a suitable candidate for this surgery. If you have very large lesions, suffer severe cardio-respiratory (heart and lungs) conditions, or have had several other abdominal surgeries before, you may not be a suitable candidate for laparoscopic colorectal surgery.